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The success of the WHCMSC sustainable laboratory design is extremely important to USGS as a whole.  USGS owns and manages hundreds of facilities of similar size throughout the nation.  The success of this project proves to USGS management and facility decision makers that sustainable design is achievable and affordable.  Green buildings are often viewed as significantly more expensive to build and therefore, unattainable particularly for smaller facilities.  Receiving the design assistance grant and working with Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), enabled USGS to prove that is not true and that the agency can meet energy and environmental legislative requirements through the use of sustainable design.  In addition, building and renovating USGS facilities with sustainable design features follows closely to the portion of the USGS mission statement that states “… manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.” USGS will advertise the success of the WHCMSC project throughout the agency to ensure that all levels of management throughout all of the regions understand the benefits of sustainable design. 

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